Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy Birthday to me! Some Blog Cake and a scrap page!

How fitting to share my birthday post with Another Freaking Scrappy challenge site...I always try to do their challenges.....'cause they are so freaking good! Fun stuff on my birthday, happy dance!!!! Plus, I know all the girls from AFSC will stop in and then THEY can enter, which will make me super happy!

I had to squeeze this page in for their latest challenge which is ending quite soon! Like super soon.

Their Dec. 15th challenge is to: scrap a favorite recipe – use a photo of the item if you can or wish to. Make sure the recipe is included on the layout!


They provided a sketch which I flipped.

This was a page I did showing the mound of food we had on Christmas Day!

And, we tried a new recipe which we LOVE!  Well, I'd include the link, but we tweaked it quite a bit, so it's our version!

Asparagus Salad with Sweet Balsamic Vinegar
yield: Serves 6

Boiling the vinegar concentrates and sweetens it, so the dressing
doesn't require as much oil to balance the acid.

Can be prepared in 45 minutes or less.

·         1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
·         3 tablespoons olive oil
·         1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
·         1 teaspoon minced garlic
·         2 pounds asparagus, tough ends trimmed, left whole
·         1 small red pickled bell pepper, diced
·         Feta Cheese
·         Pine Nuts
·         Bacon Bits
·         Tomato

Boil vinegar in heavy small saucepan over medium heat until
reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Pour vinegar into large bowl.
Whisk in oil, mustard and garlic. Season dressing to taste with
salt and pepper.
Cook asparagus in large pot of boiling salted water until
crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Drain; rinse with cold water
and drain again. Add asparagus, the bell pepper and tomato
to dressing; toss to blend well. Lay asparagus on bed of lettuce.
Sprinkle with feta cheese, pine nuts, and bacon bits.

You can just see the actual dish peeking out under my letters below. It isn't too photogenic, but boy was it good! Sorry about the flash, the day got away from me and I had to take these in the evening...

Both sets of letters were cut out of my Silhouette, inked up, glimmered up with glitter and then a coat of crackle glaze was added. They "pop" out of my page due to pop dots.

And another shot of letters and the cutie pie place setting I cut out with my Silhouette and also the little plate I cut out of a photo. I added the script in Picasa. My Gram got me these new fancy red plates. Typically I do a Christmas journal, but I may skip that this year as scrapping brings me way more joy...we'll see.

I am loving this page and my food glamour shots! Thanks for a great challenge!

And, my birthday give away:

I had to make a cute box to store it all in. And include a shot of our snow that is so pretty....It's much prettier on the ground than in the air in my opinion.

And, a close up of the front:

OH! You want to see what is inside it???  Flowers you can only get in Potsdam!

These are pretty 3D. Perfect for a box or a frame...but also have a magnet on the back!

Most of them are made by the very crafty super star here in the North Country...The Mad Recycler!

So, the rules. (btw, Lisa from You Made Me Ink, if these look a wee bit familiar...I'm just sayin' I may have borrowed can have them back later)

1.  You don't have to follow my blog to receive this cake.  Since it's Birthday Cake, all are welcome.  However, I would greatly appreciate it if you did, only if you find inspiration in my pages and projects.
2.  Leave me a comment with some kind of contact info and the link to your link below.
3.  Only ONE ENTRY per person, please! 
4.  Please add a photo of this cake on your side bar if you would and link back to me. If you (like me) are confused on how to do that, a simple post will work with a photo and a link.

If, by any chance you can recommend some amazing, funny, quirky blogs that you love, that would be greatly appreciated! I have a couple I follow strictly because they make me laugh! OH and challenge blogs too. 

 I will leave this open until next Friday and draw a name using a very scientific method. If I get real crazy, maybe I'll figure out how to do one of those random number generator thingies. 

And hey, if you are stalking me from Facebook, repost my blog link on your main page and I will count that!

Alright, good luck!

And if you feel inclined to eat a piece of REAL cake today, I won't blame you. All this talk of cake has made me hungry!


  1. It's still the 29th here and I was going to officially wait until the 30th to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! However, I may have done my math is the 30th, right???
    Well, it's 11:33 and I don't think I can hang until midnight so...
    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday to you,
    Your altered artwork is amazing,
    but not as amazing as YOU!

    LOVE the box and I'm SOOOO putting my name in the mix. :D

    OMG...I'm hungry now. :D

    Have a WONDERFUL day!!!
    Lisa xx

  2. HI.. i have been rather busy and have sooo many blogs to catch up on... i did read down until i have caught up on your posts i missed.. i hope your Christmas was fun and festive.. and wow.. you also celebrate your birthday.. i send you lots of birthday wishes for a wonderful year ahead!! and also i hope you have a Happy New Year!!

  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! I love love love love love your lo!! LOVING that title work and the holly!! And what an AMAZING giveaway!! WOW!!! I love it!! I all ready follow you... but I have refreshed my screen a few times and not seeing a cake to post on my side bar?? Or maybe there isn't one there?? Either way... I will post something on my side bar for you! :):):):):):):):):):):)

  4. Happy, happy birthday my special friend!! What beauty to behold here with all that SNOW and shimmering alphas - love all the detail and the giveaway is just delicious but you mustn't include me in the running as you are always sending me sweet goodies xx

  5. Mitra, I love love the page. How did you make the holly stand out so well? I think I'll try that recipe, it looks yummy.I love the box,too. Especially like the glaze on it.(Background snow, not so fond of). Happy birthday to a great neighbor.

  6. Mitra - i LOVE this layout. I love how you flipped the sketch, I love the photos, I love your design!!! Thanks for sharing how you did the letters!! Happy birthday to you!!!! Thanks so much for playing along with another Freaking scrappy challenge ... it is always so good to see you there, girlfriend!!

  7. Just wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday. Hope your birthday was perfect!

  8. I missed you birthday - oh no!! Hope it was wonderful. Love the Lo, hungry now...

    and the snow looks great, just starting to heat up here - had very cool temps so far but will get very hot very quickly now.

    Have a great 2012, will catch up soon. xxx


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